chief operating officer
After being reared in a family farm environment in the small Southern Michigan town of Quincy, Michigan, Greg Dobson moved to Kalamazoo in 1988 to attend Western Michigan University (WMU). He began his studies in the Paper Engineering program. In 1991, he graduated with a B.B.A from WMU with a major in Management and a minor in Accounting. During his tenure at WMU, he was actively involved in student government and worked his last two years in the residence hall system. In his last three semesters on campus, he also served as an aide to WMU President Diether H. Haenicke.
Upon graduating from WMU, Greg continued on with Dr. Haenicke until 1998 serving as his executive assistant. With President Haenicke’s encouragement, he returned to the Haworth College of Business in the evenings to earn a M.B.A. with an emphasis in Marketing in 1995. In the Office of the President, he focused on the university budget, intercollegiate athletics and construction budgets. He saw the University complete over $175 million in construction projects during his tenure.
In 1998, Greg joined the WMU Athletic Department and served as Associate Athletic Director with responsibilities for marketing, public relations, ice hockey, precision skating, women’s gymnastics, and women’s golf.
Greg joined AVB in Portage, Michigan, in 1999, to work on real estate development and construction projects. Greg became a partner in AVB in 2006. Today, Greg serves as Chief Operating Officer of AVB. Since 1999, he has directly been involved in the development and construction of over $250,000,000 in student housing projects throughout West Michigan and the eastern half of the U.S.; over 300,000 square feet of Class A office space at I-94 and Westnedge; seven Walgreens developments in Northern Indiana and Western Michigan; and numerous planned development projects including the retail development in Kalamazoo, Corner@Drake, anchored by Costco.
During his professional career, Greg has also focused on community service. He presently serves as the chair of the Greater Kalamazoo YMCA board, the co-chair of the WMU 3 Point Basketball Fundraiser committee and serves on the boards of Chemical Bank, Southwest Michigan First, the Texas Township Parks and Recreation committee, and is a member of Comm-PAC a local Political Action Committee focused on economic development. In the past, he served on the Kalamazoo Symphony Board and as President of the Oshtemo Rotary Club.
Greg enjoys running and fitness training when he is not enjoying his children’s activities. Greg’s wife Melinda holds a Ph.D. from Western Michigan University in English. Greg and Melinda have four children Sedona, Tess, Thatcher and Cabe.